By: Stephen J. Plog
With nearly two decades of Colorado family law practice under my belt, I have seen and heard almost anything and everything imaginable related to divorce and custody cases. This includes stories from cases or clients concerning various bad behaviors on the part of the other party, and sometimes my own clients. Those bad behaviors might be financial in nature, such as canceling an insurance policy or draining an account. They might be child related, such as one spouse neglecting the kids or failing to assist with school work. Of course, I have also heard things much worse. Often times, the stories I hear stem from the time period prior to a divorce case being filed. In some instances, the damage can be undone. In some, it cannot.
Not all divorce cases contain sinister allegations or behaviors and some can be fairly routine. A fair amount of cases settle relatively easily. A fair amount do not. In either scenario, it’s important to keep in mind that approaching the divorce process strategically and with self interest in mind matters. This includes not only while the case is pending, but in the months or weeks prior to filing.
In most cases, the proverbial trail of bread crumbs indicating to one or both spouses that a divorce is looming is there. Signs that there is trouble ahead can materialize months before hand, yet few people really start taking steps to protect themselves or ready themselves for the process until they are in it. From a legal strategy standpoint, wouldn’t it make sense to be ahead of the game? Below are some pre-divorce and early-process tips to help you throughout your case in terms of day to day functionality, for your protection, and when it comes time to either settle or go to court. Continue reading